Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning.  Leslie has been at KPCW since 1990 and her years at KPCW have given her depth and insight, guiding her as she asks local leaders and citizens the questions on everyone’s minds during the live interviews of the Local News Hour.

As KPCW's News Director, she has the pulse of the community and an unmatched range of contacts that allows the station to cover everything going on in town, from increased school taxes and water rates to personal achievements and community-wide victories. When she's not sussing out the next story, you'll see her face at many Park City events, as well as on the ski hill and mountain trails.

In 2016, Leslie was honored as the Park City Rotary Club's Professional Citizen of the Year and served as Grand Marshall of the Miner Day parade.

The Park City Board of Realtors also honored Leslie with its 2018 Community Service Award for "asking the questions on everyone's mind."

Ways to Connect

On today's Local News Hour:

(08:09) - Heber City Council member Ryan Stack talks about last night's council meeting. (24:17) - Tom Kelly has details on the lecture he's giving tonight for Park City Musuem 

(38:15) - Park City Historic Alliance Executive Director Alison Kuhlow with an update from yesterday's board meeting.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:29) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 16:16) Jessica Lowell reports on the vaccination clinic at the Park City High School.

( 18:52) Director of the Utah Women and Leadership Project Dr. Susan Madsen has details on new reserach showing COVID-19's impact on Utah women and work - specifically looking at Summit and Wasatch Counties.

More than a year after the Park City Library closed, it will resume its pre-pandemic hours next Monday, April 25, while the Summit County system has set a tentative date of May 3 and the Wasatch County system has not yet announced its reopening plans..

 

The Park City Library has been operating on a partial schedule since it reopened its doors to the public last month.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:25) Summit County asks Heber City 4th District Court to strike down Hideout's request for annexation as Rick Brough reports.

( 03:57) Christine Coleman and Kristi Cumming from PCCF about Solomon Fund, executive search, climate fund, etc.

( 20:46) Chris Penn Aquatics Program Manager with the DWR talks about the Kokanee Salmon release in Rockport Reservoir

( 26:18) Jessica Lowell story on the vaccine clinic today at the Park City High School. 

Leslie Thatcher

After a 47-year run of providing his Swiss cooking and hospitality in a handful of different locations in Park City, Adolph Imboden is closing the doors to his popular restaurant on Kearns Boulevard at the end of April.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:02) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

( 01:26) Summit County Council Member recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 16:29) Carolyn Murray reports on the child tax credit provided by the American Rescue Act funds.

( 18:53) Ballet Next Founder and Artisitic Director Michele Wiles talks about moving her company to Park City and the planned summer shows.

On today's Local News Hour:

(01:57) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

(04:53) - Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt responds to concerns that the Park City Fire District will be taking over the North Summit Fire District. 

(40:27) - Monika Guendner, Community Engagement & Marketing Manager, and Education Director Meagan Nielsen Habitat for Humanity of Summit & Wasatch counties have details about the need for volunteers.


On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:02) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

( 02:56 ) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 20:38) Utah's mask mandate due to expire April 10th discussed at last nights Summit Council meeting as Rick Brough reports.  

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:01) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

( 03:11) HKS Architect Emir Tursic and Vice President of Development for PEG has details on affordable housing the focus of last week's city council meeting.

( 18:32) The owner of Adoph's Restaurant Adolph Imboden who after a 47 year run in Park City is closing the doors of his restaurant April 30th.

( 36:21) Christian Center of Park City Counseling and Wellness Center Program Coordinator Catherine Kirchheimer talks about some of the programs and services team offers.

PEG Companies

At a recent Park City Council meeting, PEG Companies, the developer of the projects replacing the parking lots at the base of Park City Mountain Resort, presented a new plan for affordable housing that will double the number of units originally proposed. 

 

The new plan also makes up the deficit of 23 units of affordable housing that weren’t built after the construction of the Legacy Lodge and the Marriott Mountainside hotel.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:02) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

( 02:34) Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt has an update on development projects throughout the county.

( 16:01) CDC eviction moratorium extension's impact on the Wasatch back as Jessica Lowell reports

( 19:14) Park City Councilmember Tim Henney has a recap of last night's meeting.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:02) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

( 01:09) Mask mandate addressed in last nights Summit County Council meeting as Rick Brough reports.

( 04:56) Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 22:00) Amy Hunt Chief Academic Officer of the PCSD talks about the achievement gap and how the funds coming from the American Rescue Plan will help address kids who need extra support getting caught up since COVID.

On today's Local News Hour:

(2:00) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

(08:15) - Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation CEO Colin Hilton has an update on how the winter season went and an outlook for the summer events and programs.  

(26:17) - Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of this week's two city council meetings.

(41:01)- Executive Director of Summit Community Gardens Sloane Johnson has an update on the opening of the Gardens and upcoming events.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:29)  Engineer Jeremy McAlister and Matt Brower Heber City Manager talk about the Heber Municipal Airport Master Plan presentation scheduled for Thursday, April 1st at 6 p.m.

( 16:26) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 32:02) Rick Brough's details about Summit County Council's meeting with First Congressional District Representative Blake David Moore.

( 35:12)  Back Country gate petition organizer Megan McKenna.

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Park City resident and Olympic gold medalist Jimmy Shea has been charged by the Summit County Attorney’s Office with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child as well as two counts of sexual battery for alleged crimes committed during 2020. 

 

Shea’s attorney, Rudy Bautista, says his client adamantly denies the “unfounded” charges and believes they are part of an ulterior motive.

 

The charges allege that the 52-year-old Shea abused a young female he knew on three occasions last year.

 

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